A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.

                                                                                                                                               

REGULATORY: Includes AMS, NOAA, EPA, FWS

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE

Proposed rule to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Grapefruit (Texas and States other than Florida, California, and Arizona) and the U.S. Standards for Grades of Oranges (Texas and States other than Florida, California, and Arizona). Info here.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Final rule adding Trichoderma reesei (T. reesei) strain QM6a and its derivatives and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (B. amyloliquefaciens) subspecies (subsp.) amyloliquefaciens to the list of recipient microorganisms that may be used to qualify for the Tier I and Tier II exemptions from full notification and reporting procedures under the Toxic Substances Control Act for new microorganisms that are being manufactured for introduction into commerce. Info here.

Request for public comment on a preliminary regulatory determination about whether or not to begin the process to propose and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for unregulated PFAS contaminants, as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Info here.

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Proposed rule to delist and remove Lepanthes eltoroensis, an orchid species from Puerto Rico, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants, due to recovery. Info here.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

Final rule establishing the 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska. Info here.

                                                                                                                                               

LEGISLATIVE: Includes Arizona, Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming

ARIZONA

HB 2749 provides that any information collected by a state agency from a private landowner for certain acts regarding the conservation of endangered species will be kept confidential. Info here.

IDAHO

SB 366 revises provisions regarding water district meetings and budgets, watermasters, the election and appointment of water district treasurers, and the distribution of water. Info here.

SB 1248 removes the requirement that the Idaho Agriculture Experiment State use the administrative rules process to set standards and requirements for seed certification. Info here.

SOUTH DAKOTA

SB 22 revises certain provisions regarding pesticide registration, pesticide application, and enforcement of pesticide laws. Info here.

WYOMING

HB 194 increases certain specified fees collected by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Info here.